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Podolski hits Germany winner against England to sign off in style

Lukas Podolski signed off his Germany career in style on Wednesday smashing home the winning goal with his trusty left boot to seal a 1-0 ...

World leaders stand with Britain after London attack

World leaders unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they ...

Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in ...

Scientists uproot dinosaur family tree

For 130 years, dinosaurs have been classified as either bird- or reptile-hipped -- the first and all-important split in the trunk of an intricate family ...

Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers

Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has ...

British parliament attack: What we know

Three people were killed in a "terrorist" attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed ...

'When I'm 64': Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania ...

Eurogroup chief regrets drinks remarks but won't quit

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday expressed "regret" over his comments that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls ...

Four killed in attack on symbol of British democracy

Four people were killed and 40 injured after being run over and stabbed in a lightning attack at the gates of British democracy on Wednesday ...

Coalition vows victory against Islamic State

Senior diplomats from the 68-strong US-led coalition against the Islamic State group vowed to seek a quick and lasting victory against the jihadists Wednesday at ...

Singapore court denies full compensation to woman in IVF mix-up

A Singaporean woman inseminated with a stranger's sperm in a startling in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mistake cannot be compensated in full for raising the child, the ...

Chuck Berry in rock 'n' roll style in posthumous song

Days after he died at age 90, a new song came out Wednesday from Chuck Berry driven by the sort of rollicking guitar riffs that ...

One in four children will live with water shortages by 2040: UNICEF

Approximately one in four children worldwide will live in regions with extremely scarce water resources by 2040, UNICEF said in a report Wednesday. In research ...

Moscow fury as Kiev bans Russia singer from Eurovision

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine spread to the Eurovision Song Contest on Wednesday after Kiev banned a Russian contestant from entering the country over a ...

Bayern Munich opens China office

German powerhouse Bayern Munich opened a Shanghai office Wednesday in a bid to capitalise on China's vast fan base and voracious hunger for top-flight football ...

South Korea begins raising sunken ferry

Salvage operators began raising South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry Wednesday, officials said, nearly three years after the disaster killed more than 300 people and dealt ...

Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes as coalition ups support

US-led coalition strikes reportedly killed more than 40 civilians within 48 hours in northern Syria, as the Pentagon on Wednesday announced reinforcements to allies battling ...

US-led air strike on north Syria kills 33: monitor

At least 33 people were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school used as a centre for displaced people near a jihadist-held Syrian ...

Belgium observes minutes silence one year after Brussels attacks

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Wednesday led a minute of silence in memory of the 32 people killed in the Brussels airport and ...

Le Pen finds fertile ground in south of France

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has won over voters in many parts of France, and on the southern Riviera coast there is little doubt ...

Is there life after 60 for the EU?

As the EU turns 60 amid a divorce from Britain and other mid-life crises, the question is increasingly not how it can bounce back, but ...

Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer

Nine women are believed to have died in the United States from a rare cancer linked to breast implants, US health officials said Tuesday, with ...

Belgium falls silent one year after Brussels attacks

Belgium fell silent Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Islamic State suicide attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people, on a day of ...

Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled

The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work ...

The EU at 60: Where are we and where are we going?

The European Union celebrates its 60th birthday on Saturday, the anniversary of its six founder members signing the Treaty of Rome which gave birth to ...

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Germany is expected Wednesday to approve quashing the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the ...

New Syria peace talks as fight comes to Damascus

A fifth round of UN-backed Syria peace talks begins Thursday in Geneva with scant hope of a breakthrough against a backdrop of fighting in Damascus ...

ICC poised to make first awards to war crimes' victims

Judges at the International Criminal Court may Friday award the tribunal's first monetary sums to victims of war crimes, with lawyers estimating some $16.4 million ...

'I want my family to eat': children fuel Myanmar's economic boom

Fourteen-year-old San Min Hteik had worked at the steel factory for less than a week when his hand got caught in a machine, a casualty ...

Laptops, tablets on airplanes: what's the threat?

The United States and Britain have banned laptops and tablet computers from passenger cabins on certain airlines' flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle ...

South Korea tests raising of sunken ferry

Salvage operators began a test-lift of South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry Wednesday, officials said, nearly three years after the disaster killed 304 people and dealt ...

North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul

A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South's defence ministry said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called ...

Florida eco-friendly town opens for business

With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy use, Florida's first sustainable ...

Treaty slows global tobacco use by 2.5%: WHO

Tobacco use fell by 2.5 percent worldwide a decade after the first global health treaty went into effect, World Health Organization researchers said Wednesday. Smoking ...

Wastewater key to solving global water crisis: UN

Recycling the world's wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a ...

Rarities by late stars to come out for Record Store Day

Rare music from three stars who died last year -- Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen -- will come out next month for the 10th ...

Star-studded telethon to support US civil rights group

Tom Hanks and other stars will lead a Facebook "telethon" this month to raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has become a ...

Brazil's rotten meat scandal: what we know

Salmonella steaks? Carcinogenic chemicals? Lying labels? Brazil, the world's biggest beef and poultry exporter, has been hit by stomach-churning allegations of corrupt practices in its ...

Five dead in Mogadishu bombing as PM unveils new lineup

At least five people were killed when a minibus laden with explosives blew up in Mogadishu on Tuesday, a local official said, the latest attack ...

Probe into France's Fillon widens

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon's legal problems deepened on Tuesday, with financial prosecutors expanding a probe into payments to his family to suspected "aggravated ...

Japan's 'oldest porn queen' retires -- at 80

After a decade of peeling off for X-rated movies, a Japanese porn actress famous for being the country's oldest has called it quits -- at ...

EU founding fathers signed 'blank' Treaty of Rome

The European Union's six founding members formally approved the Treaty of Rome by signing a string of blank pages at the 1957 ceremony that gave ...

Robbie Williams offers to represent Russia at Eurovision

Singer Robbie Williams has offered to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest in a jokey interview to state television. The offer in an interview ...

US, Britain ban laptops on flights from Turkey, Arab world

The United States and Britain banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North ...

Martin McGuinness: Ex-paramilitary who helped bring peace to N. Ireland

Northern Ireland's Martin McGuinness, who died aged 66, was a former paramilitary who became a key behind-the-scenes negotiator for the peace process. McGuinness, who resigned ...

IRA fighter turned peacemaker McGuinness dies

Martin McGuinness, a one-time Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander who later helped negotiate an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland, died on Tuesday aged ...

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

Mexico has identified a potential weapon in its trade wrangle with US President Donald Trump: lucrative yellow cobs of American corn. The Latin American nation ...

North Korea nuclear programme in 'new phase': IAEA

North Korea's uranium enrichment facility has doubled in size over the last few years, the UN's atomic watchdog chief has warned, as global tensions grow ...

New Zealand parrot has 'infectious laugh'

Researchers have found that New Zealand's kea parrot has the avian equivalent of an infectious laugh -- a call that when heard prompts others to ...

China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter

Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat ...

Bone surgery for El Salvador's last male jaguar

Vets in El Salvador's zoo carried out an operation Monday to clean up a bone infection in the country's last male jaguar, an 18-year-old named ...

Prosecutors interrogate S.Korean ex-president Park

South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye was interrogated for 14 hours Tuesday about the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down, Yonhap ...

Ex-S.Korean president Park questioned by prosecutors

Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye reported to prosecutors Tuesday for questioning over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down, after ...

2017 already marked by climate extremes: UN

Extreme weather and climate conditions, including Arctic "heatwaves", are continuing this year, after 2016 topped the global temperature charts and saw shrinking sea ice and ...

Leicester's Vardy got death threats after Ranieri sacking

England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says his alleged role in getting Claudio Ranieri sacked after a terrible slump in form placed the champions in ...

Iraq forces push into Old Mosul as thousands trapped

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State group fighters on Monday to push into Mosul's Old City where thousands of civilians remain trapped under jihadist rule. The ...

Bill Gates again world's richest man; Trump slips

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's more than 2,000 billionaires, while US President Donald Trump slipped more ...

Man faces court for slashing Gainsborough painting at London museum

A man suspected of slashing an 18th century painting at Britain's National Gallery which featured in a James Bond film is due to appear in ...

Britain to launch EU exit process on March 29

Britain said Monday it will launch the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, setting a historic and uncharted course to become the ...

And the world's happiest country is... Norway

A chilly climate isn't keeping Norway from basking in the glow of being named the world's happiest country on Monday. The Scandinavian country surged from ...

Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Monday that Germany could ban future campaign events by Turkish politicians on its soil unless Ankara stops "Nazi" jibes aimed at ...

Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia. They loaded their combined belongings -- ...

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday, before calm returned to the capital after a surprise assault. ...

'Intense' strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault: monitor

Heavy air strikes pounded rebel positions in east Damascus on Monday, a monitoring group said, as Syrian government forces pushed back a rebel assault. "There ...

Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction

Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital ...

France's Le Pen under fire in first presidential debate

Marine Le Pen's proposal to pull France out of the euro and her hardline stance on Islam came under attack from her fellow presidential hopefuls ...

N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress': South

North Korea's latest rocket engine test showed "meaningful progress" in its missile capabilities, Seoul said Monday, as the nuclear-armed state steps up its controversial weapons ...

FBI confirms probe of Trump team ties to Russia

FBI chief James Comey dealt Donald Trump a double blow Monday by confirming a probe into his election campaign's links to Russia last year while ...

Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning White Cliffs of Dover tribute

Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn is celebrating turning 100 on Monday with a special tribute: her portrait is being projected onto the iconic ...

In creating rock, Chuck Berry faced daunting racial barrier

With "Johnny B. Goode," a 1958 song that so defined rock 'n' roll that the US space program chose it to introduce the music to ...

Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barcelona's way

Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win ...

Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year's top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms ...

Teacher from Canadian Arctic wins global prize in Dubai

A Canadian who teaches at a school in a fly-in only village in the Arctic won a $1-million Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in ...

'No evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign, Russia: US lawmaker

A congressional panel so far has found "no evidence" that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, its chairman said Sunday, ahead ...

Germany says Erdogan has 'gone too far' with Nazi jibe

Germany angrily warned Turkey on Sunday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi measures" ...

Fierce fighting on outskirts of Mosul Old City

Iraqi forces backed by helicopter strikes engaged in heavy fighting with jihadists on the outskirts of the Old City on Sunday as they pressed an ...

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in ...

French airport attacker 'had drunk and taken drugs'

The man shot dead at Paris's Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial ...

Trump did not refuse to shake Merkel's hand: spokesman tells German paper

Donald Trump's spokesman has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they sat side-by-side in the White ...

Flights resume at Paris airport, investigators grill attacker's family

Flights at Paris' Orly airport were returning to normal Sunday a day after a man triggered a major security alert and travel chaos when he ...

Rags, not riches, defining Africa's urban explosion

Anarchic architecture, unchecked pollution and high costs of living are the lot of African city dwellers, experts warn, as living standards fail to keep pace ...

White House security boosted after arrest

The US Secret Service bolstered security at the White House after a man was arrested after making threats at one its checkpoints, an official said. ...

German Social Democrat Schulz chosen to challenge Merkel

Martin Schulz on Sunday officially became Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief rival atGermany's September general election, leading the leftwing challenge to unseat arguably the world's most ...

A catalogue of terror in France

A man who said he was ready to die for Allah was shot dead after attacking a soldier at Paris's Orly airport, triggering a major ...

Stars pay tribute to 'pioneer' rocker Chuck Berry

The death of legendary rocker Chuck Berry, aged 90, drew emotional tributes from fellow musicians and other celebrities who praised him as a rock 'n' ...

Xi, Tillerson seek stronger ties as N. Korea hails rocket progress

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged in talks on Sunday to work to strengthen a relationship strainedby disputes over ...

Rock 'n' roll father Chuck Berry dead at 90

Chuck Berry, one of the creators of rock 'n' roll who helped shape modern youth culture with his dance-ready rhythms but who struggled to overcome ...

Pussy Riot declare new revolution from the stage

Still relishing provocation three years after their release from a Russian prison, the punk rockers Pussy Riot are reviving their challenge to President Vladimir Putin ...

Web-based counseling lowers blood pressure as much as meds: study

People who received regular lifestyle counseling online were able to lower their blood pressure as much as a medication would, researchers said Saturday. Their study ...

Iraq forces say near Mosul mosque where IS declared 'caliphate'

Elite Iraqi forces said they were battling house by house in the Old City of Mosul on Saturday, inching towards the mosque where the Islamic ...

Cholesterol-slashing drug does not impair brain: study

A new cholesterol-slashing drug that has shown promise for high-risk patients does not impair brain function, according to a study out Saturday. Previous research had ...

Germany owes NATO 'vast sums': Trump

US President Donald Trump unleashed a diatribe against Germany on Saturday, saying Berlin owes NATO "vast sums of money" and must pay the United States ...

Hundreds quit last rebel-held district of Syria's Homs

Hundreds of rebels and civilians left the last opposition-held district of Homs on Saturday under a controversial Russian-supervised deal to bring Syria's third city under ...

Erdogan sees Turkey parliament restoring capital punishment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he expected parliament to approve restoring capital punishment after next month's referendum in a move that could end ...

Paris airport attacker said he was 'ready to die for Allah'

A man who said he was ready to die for Allah was shot dead on Saturday after attacking a soldier at Paris's Orly airport, triggering ...

'The Walking Dead' promises another 100 episodes

Ratings juggernaut "The Walking Dead" revealed on Friday fans can expect to see its increasingly rancid zombies shambling across their screens for years to come. ...

Actor-director Alice Lowe on the mother of all movies

Two things stand out immediately about British actress, filmmaker and rising star Alice Lowe that make her an unusual subject in the rarified but often ...

US, China to cooperate on 'dangerous' N.Korea situation

The US and China pledged on Saturday to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State ...

Venezuela has a 'let them eat cake' moment

After living through shortages of water, electricity, medicine, banknotes and beer, Venezuelans are now struggling to find one of the most basic foodstuffs of all, ...

Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima, northern Peru

El Nino-fueled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving some communities cut off from roads Saturday, as others fled rising rivers and millions ...

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